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20: Arts Leadership with Tiffany Beltz and Devon Calvert

Most teachers know that when they leave school their work is not finished. Sometimes there are papers to grade, lessons to plan, and evaluations to give, etc. Devon and Tiffany are two examples of teachers sharing their passion for the arts. Outside of being art teachers in the classroom, they’re both actively involved in the Wisconsin Art Education Association. Listen to how they advocate art in any given situation and how you can too. Show...


19: Highly Sensitive Teachers with Amber Jordan and Monica Wright

As teachers, as coworkers, and even as humans, we want people to know that we’ve got it together, that we don’t need any help. “No, thank you, I’m fine. “ One thing we don’t talk about enough is anxiety, especially in highly-sensitive introverts. Today, Monica Wright & Amber Jordan are here to share their experiences with anxiety and the classroom. Coping mechanisms can be anywhere from the way the lights are adjusted in the classroom to having marked personal space between you and student....


18: Art in Times of Tragedy

Today on the Art Class Curator Podcast, Cindy Ingram will share a personal story about a recent art encounter that called her to action and helped her cope with a profound tragedy. Please join her in considering how art can console and restores us. Find out what you can do to help our students utilize art to connect, heal and take action. If you want to see how art can change your life then you must listen to this episode. Cindy Ingram is a dedicated teacher that strongly believes that art...


17: Art Teachers Abroad with Kristen Wilcox

If taking art trips with your students seems like a daunting and unachievable dream, you won’t want to miss today’s episode. There are ways to get your students out into the world to experience art first hand by seeing it and touching it. You’ll want to learn some of the tips that have allowed Kristen Wilcox to consistently expose her students to art first-hand! Kristen Wilcox is an art teacher that teaches different levels of art classes at Samuel Clemens High School in Texas. Much of...


16: Contemporary Art and Community with Don Masse

Today’s guest is an elementary art teacher who writes a regular column for Arts and Activities Magazine, and his blog, Shine Brite Zamorano, where he shares his student’s projects. He masterly infuses contemporary art into his school and community in exciting and relevant ways. He contributes so much inspiration, motivation, and support to art teachers everywhere. Don Masse grew always interested in art. Teaching at a creative art camp 3 summers in a row called Buck Rock Creative Art Camp,...


15: Play-based Art Education with George Szekely

As teachers, not only do we strive to make an impact on students, but we also strive to continue learning. Sometimes this means trying new methods to see what works best for us as well as the students. George Szekely is with me today to talk about his hands-on approach with teaching art, and how to expand your students’ exposure to art. Show Highlights: Resources:


14: Tips for Leading a Powerful Art Discussion with Cindy Ingram

Today I’m doing something I’ve never done before, and instead of having a guest, I’m going solo today. Join me as I answer frequently asked questions from listeners and students. Show Highlights: Social Media Pull Quotes: Cindy: “You are modeling curiosity. You are modeling excitement about art. They are learning from you and your delight.” “Even if you don’t know the answers immediately, you have the skills and techniques to get them.” “There are things in life that are worth...


13: Supporting Student Expression with Eric Gibbons

Eric Gibbons joins Cindy on the podcast today to share his passion for teaching art. While in college, a professor noticed Eric’s talents in art and teaching, and encouraged him to become an art teacher. Eric says he may have been the first student at his college to switch majors from pre-law to art education, but he has no regrets. Eric has nearly 30 years of teaching experience and has been able to carry his love for art to both Egypt and Japan, where he was able to teach art. Currently,...


12: Mapping the Chaos with Lana Jelenjev

As most Art Teachers may know, it can be easy to fall into catering to what students and administrators want and need, but in turn, we lose sight of what we need ourselves. Lana Jelenjev is with us here today to share the importance of “checking in”. Join us and learn the questions to ask yourself in order to figure out your own needs and the imperativeness of doing so. Show Highlights: Resources: Blog: Dream See Do Lana's Interactive Learning Site 90 Day Action Planner The Power of...


11: Funding Your Art Program with Holly Bess Kincaid

We’re following up with art class teacher Holly Bess Kincaid from Episode 5. Holly Bess is changing the world within the walls of her classroom. Her students make up a strongly diverse community of learners, so different languages, cultures, and life experiences are something she not only plans for but leverages to create powerful learning moments, using art as the conduit. In this episode, Holly Bess shares her experiences and practical tips on how she has found success in getting grant...


10: Teaching in Low Income Schools with Amy Bultena and Danette Albino

Amy Bultena and Danette Albino are here to talk about their experience in teaching at Title 1 Schools, lower-income students. These ladies hit on a variety of topics from the importance of actually respecting your students as people to taking time to prioritize yourself. If you’re a soon-to-be-teacher wondering what to expect or a seasoned Vet looking for reassurance you’re not alone, this podcast is for you! Show Notes:


09: Killing Your Color Wheels with Jim O'Donnell

The rigidity of rules may be hindering creativity for young artists. Jim O’Donnell didn’t take his first art class until he was almost graduated from high school. Jim is proof that you’re not doomed if you didn’t learn the technicalities at a young age. Listen to him share his experience with how his art painted its way into his life and, in return, has done the same for his students. Jim shares his pedagogies of inspiring and teaching future Elementary Education majors, the importance...


08: Honoring Unsung Heroes with Brad Le Duc

Art competitions are actually beneficial for teachers and their students. Brad Le Duc, an Art Educator, is here to share his passion for art and educating the young artists of the future. Brad has taught 2D art in several states across the country for the past 17 years. Brad here to talk about the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, the positive effects of art competitions, and how art teachers can get involved in helping their students submit their art pieces. Tune in for a refreshing...


07: Authentic Arts Integration with Susan Riley

Susan Riley is bringing it all together through art. Her website, EducationCloset is the go-to resource for teachers working to integrate art into other disciplines and create STEAM programs. In an educational climate that places a high value on standardized testing, art integration is an effective method to engage students and teachers alike and has helped to infuse creativity and critical thinking back into the classroom. Tune in to hear Susan’s passion come through as she shares stories,...


06: Visual Literacy for the 21st Century with Dr. Katie Monnin

It turns out that comics are good for kids. Dr. Katie Monnin is here to tell you that art and language belong together, more than ever. She’s spent her career creating books on both how and why incorporating new graphic novels enhance visual learning and writing skills in students. More than that-- she’s also worked hard with a community of teachers to develop resources so teaching with graphic novels feels attainable and accessible to anyone. Tune in for an energizing interview with...


05: Global Understanding through Art with Holly Bess Kincaid

Art class teacher Holly Bess Kincaid is changing the world within the walls of her classroom. Her students make up a strongly diverse community of learners, so different languages, cultures, and life experiences are something she not only plans for, but leverages to create powerful learning moments, using art as the conduit. From practical tips on how to work with a variety of native languages in one classroom, to what projects have created the most excitement with students of all...


04: Smart Classroom Management with Michael Linsin

Michael Linsin knows that positive classroom moments don’t just happen magically. In fact, a well-run classroom makes teaching-- and learning-- fun. His practical guides and tips come from years of experience and have culminated in his own online resource called Smart Classroom Management. In this episode, we dive deep into the how’s and why’s of best practices in classroom management, with a focus on art classrooms. Tune in and be ready to mix up your classroom management style, so you can...


03: The Aesthetics of Health with Megan Hildebrandt

Sometimes our most challenging moments are the times that create the biggest spark. For Megan Hildebrandt, one of those chapters of her life was while she was earning her Masters Degree in Studio Art at the University of South Florida and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This experience completely changed the way she views art, community, and remaining present. In this episode, Megan dives into how her art transformed during her cancer treatment and how, now that she is in remission,...


02: Connecting Communities with Nic Hahn

For over 15 years, Nic Hahn has worked with students of all ages in various schools and districts around the Midwestern US-- and if there’s one thing she’s discovered, it’s the importance of community in teaching art. She started a blog called Mini Matisse in 2010 to connect parents to the art projects that were coming home in the hands of their children, but the online connection was just the beginning. Her quest to bring people with interest and experience with students thirsty to try...


01: Introducing the Art Class Curator Podcast

Welcome to Art Class Curator! This podcast is something that’s been in the back of my mind for years and I’m excited that it’s finally happening. Each episode will dive deep into different aspects of teaching art - from passionate art teachers sharing their work, to mini trainings on art appreciation strategies that you can use in your classroom, to conversations about the highs and lows that come with being a teacher. Show Highlights: Links Mentioned in the Show: Art Class Curator